The Paraguay cross country rally championship is considered one of the toughest rallies in motorsport. Teams from different countries participate to win the iconic title and this year, a vehicle made by Tata finished in the podium. In the GranTurismo category, driver and navigator Arturo Nunez and Amado Baez, in a Tata Xenon, finished in the third position. They completed the overall circuit in 7 hours 59 minutes and 18 seconds.
The Tata Xenon sold in India is a pick-up truck that didn’t really get popular as Indian buyers prefer SUVs to the more utilitarian pick-up trucks. Powered by a 2.2-litre DICOR engine which outputs a power of 138 Bhp and 320 Nm of peak torque, the Tata Xenon is available in both 4X2 and 4X4 configurations. ABS is standard on top-range models. However, the vehicle used in the Paraguay cross country rally is not similar to the one sold in India. This one is a re-tuned version to give a maximum power of 150 Bhp and 400 Nm of torque, with all supporting mods for rally participation.
The total course length of the rally was 570 Kms divided into two parts, Part 1- 350 Kms and Part 2- 220 Kms. The rally courses consisted of off-road courses, water crossings, and muddy paths along the track. There were over 9 teams participating with vehicles ranging from Mercedes, Toyota, Nissan, Kia, Subaru and Mitsubishi. The Tata Xenon winning the podium, among such competitors, in such difficult terrains speaks highly of the capability and reliability of Tata vehicles.
In India, the Tata Xenon rivals the likes of the Isuzu V-Cross and the Mahindra Scorpio Getaway. Among these three pick-up trucks, the Isuzu V-Cross is the best-seller thanks to Japanese levels of reliability and refinement. Tata Motors is said to be working on the next-generation Xenon pick-up truck, which should make it to the market sometime in 2020. It’s likely to use an all-new platform, and range of engines.